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U.S. Facts

  • President: Gerald R. Ford
  • Population: 218,035,164
  • Life Expectancy: 72.9 years
  • Unemployment: 7.7%
  • Average Annual Salary: $16,870
  • Minimum Wage: $2.30 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $5,418
  • Gasoline: $0.60 cents per gallon
  • House: $48,000
  • Bread: $0.30 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.42 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.13

Major U.S. Events

  • Nation celebrates Bicentennial
  • First outbreak of Legionnaire's disease occurs at the American Legion convention in Philadelphia, eventuall killing 29

Major World Events

  • 9-month civil war ends in Lebanon after threatening to escalate to global level
  • 10,000 Protestant and Catholic women demonstrate for peace in Northern Ireland

January-March

  • In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000
  • US Supreme Court rules that blacks and other minorities are entitled to retroactive job seniority

April-July

  • Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
  • The Viking 1 lands successfully lands on Mars

August-December

  • Viking 2 enters into orbit around Mars
  • The Ebola Virus is first discovered in Zaire

Top Songs

  • Tonight's The Night by Rod Stewart
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee
  • Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
  • December 1963 (Oh What A Night) by Four Seasons
  • Turn The Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson

Other New Songs

  • Slow Ride by Foghat
  • Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band
  • Shake Your Booty by KC & the Sunshine Band
  • Baby I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton
  • Turn The Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson

Top Movies

  • Rocky
  • Network
  • All the President's Men
  • Carrie
  • The Omen

Top Books

  • Trinity by Leon Uris
  • Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  • Roots by Alex Haley
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • 1876 by Gore Vidal

Top TV Shows (1975-76)

  • All in the Family
  • Rich Man, Poor Man
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • The Bionic Woman
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Happy Days

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Cincinnati Reds d. New York Yankees

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers d. Dallas Cowboys

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. Philadelphia Flyers

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. Phoenix Suns

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Pittsburgh Panthers
  • Basketball: Indiana Hoosiers

Other Champions

  • Summer Olmypics: Montreal Canada
  • Winter Olmypics: Innsbruck, Austria
  • Boxing: wins heavyweight title
  • Golf: Jack Nicklaus is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Bold Forbes wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Johnny Rutherford wins Indianapolis 500
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